SURVEY RESULTS – Kimberley Skills and Labour Shortage Barrier to Regional Sustainability

Posted on October 28, 2020October 28, 2020Categories Blog, NewsTags , , , , ,   Leave a comment on SURVEY RESULTS – Kimberley Skills and Labour Shortage Barrier to Regional Sustainability

The currently situation the Kimberley region is facing is severe due to a mass exodus of backpackers and seasonal workers from the region, is dire, and is forcing many local business to operate a limited capacity and even ceasing operation.  This is mainly due to interstate border, restricted visa requirements and inability to access staff on the Pacific Island Visa Scheme at the commencement of the COVID-19 restrictions. The latest CCIWA Regional Pulse (October 2020) report indicates 74% of businesses … Continue reading “SURVEY RESULTS – Kimberley Skills and Labour Shortage Barrier to Regional Sustainability”

JobKeepeer 2.0 – What is a ‘Legacy Employer’?

Posted on October 5, 2020Categories BlogTags , , ,   Leave a comment on JobKeepeer 2.0 – What is a ‘Legacy Employer’?

On 21 July 2020, the Federal Government announced the JobKeeper scheme, due to end on 27 September 2020, would be extended through to 28 March 2021 (JobKeeper 2.0). The extension was accompanied by a new set of JobKeeper rules involving tiered payments and a range of amendments to the eligibility criteria. Companies looking to claim JobKeeper from 28 September 2020 will have to re-qualify in order to be eligible. Businesses that qualified and received JobKeeper in phase 1 but no … Continue reading “JobKeepeer 2.0 – What is a ‘Legacy Employer’?”

JOBKEEPER 2.0 – What does it mean?

Posted on August 11, 2020August 12, 2020Categories NewsTags , , ,   Leave a comment on JOBKEEPER 2.0 – What does it mean?

The government has announced an extension of JobKeeper, along with changes to the current employee eligibility rules. You can find full details of the announcement here. ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES – IMPORTANT CHANGE TAKING EFFECT IMMEDIATELY The government has made a change to the rules around employee eligibility. For the JobKeeper fortnight starting on 3 August 2020, the date employees must meet the eligibility rules has changed to 1 July 2020 (previously 1 March 2020). This may now mean that employees who were not previously eligible … Continue reading “JOBKEEPER 2.0 – What does it mean?”

$2.7 billion Stimulus Package Announced By WA Premier

Posted on July 27, 2020Categories NewsTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on $2.7 billion Stimulus Package Announced By WA Premier

The West Australian Government has unveiled $2.7 billion in new stimulus spending designed to boost the state’s economy, with a focus on renewable energy and building maintenance among other areas. A total of 21 sectors have been pegged for stimulus, including health and social infrastructure, tourism and manufacturing. The program brings the total value of the State Government’s stimulus to $5.5 billion since the coronavirus pandemic began. “Much of the initiatives contained within this document are about inspiring and incentivising … Continue reading “$2.7 billion Stimulus Package Announced By WA Premier”

A Message from the President – Survive or Thrive

Posted on July 17, 2020July 17, 2020Categories Blog, NewsTags , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on A Message from the President – Survive or Thrive

Unless a vaccine is found very soon, the 2020 Year of COVID-19 could well turn out to be the first of several years where COVID-19 continues to impact our lives and our businesses. If so, we will have to learn to adapt and live with this virus for some time. Multiple regions, like Victoria, and many countries are experiencing a type of second wave as they emerge from hard lockdowns which have already severely impacted jobs, businesses and the economies.  … Continue reading “A Message from the President – Survive or Thrive”

A boost to regional economic recovery

Posted on July 14, 2020July 21, 2020Categories NewsTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on A boost to regional economic recovery

Three Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry groups are set to benefit from a new initiative launched by Horizon Power, which will support the post COVID-19 economic recovery of small businesses throughout regional Western Australia. Broome and Derby Chamber of Commerce and Industry groups along with Fitzroy Crossing Business Network will benefit from funds being provided through Vibrant Regional Businesses – a community-led investment program developed by Horizon Power in consultation with eight regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry groups. … Continue reading “A boost to regional economic recovery”

RCCIWA Impact Survey Five Summary Report

Posted on July 8, 2020Categories BlogTags , , ,   Leave a comment on RCCIWA Impact Survey Five Summary Report

Results from the fifth survey in our continuing series on the impact of COVID 19 on businesses in regional WA indicate that as we see more easing of restrictions and move towards a new way of doing business in regional WA,  confidence in regards to surviving and recovering has increased further. 92% of all respondents feel confident that their business will survive this pandemic and 63% have seen an increase in business activity since easing of restrictions commenced. We know this increased confidence is … Continue reading “RCCIWA Impact Survey Five Summary Report”

Phase 4 and Return to Work Considerations

Posted on June 23, 2020Categories BlogTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Phase 4 and Return to Work Considerations

On June 27 2020, Western Australia (WA) will move into phase 4 of the WA Government’s Roadmap to recovery from COVID-19. WA has been fortunate in that community transmissions have, at present, been limited. This has seen further restrictions eased across the state allowing many businesses to get back to a sense of normality. Currently phase 3 is in place which includes a number of eased restrictions to large gatherings and additional businesses permitted to reopen. Phase 4 aims to … Continue reading “Phase 4 and Return to Work Considerations”

Woodside COVID-19 Fund supports the Kimberley community

Posted on May 20, 2020May 20, 2020Categories Press ReleaseTags , ,   Leave a comment on Woodside COVID-19 Fund supports the Kimberley community

Five organisations in the Shire of Broome will share more than $150,000 from the Woodside COVID-19 Community Fund as part of the first round of grants announced today. The grants support initiatives helping the Kimberley community respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd (KAMS) is one of the first local organisations to receive funding from Woodside. KAMS will receive a donation of $100,000 for the purchase of telehealth equipment necessary to maintain remote Aboriginal communities’ access to … Continue reading “Woodside COVID-19 Fund supports the Kimberley community”

Updates on Restrictions for Tourism Businesses

Posted on May 20, 2020Categories NewsTags , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Updates on Restrictions for Tourism Businesses

As Phase 2 began on Monday, the State Government has released its formal Closure and Restrictions (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 3) which identifies permitted and restricted activities. The Directions can be seen here. You should review the Directions and how they apply to your individual business. 1. Permitted Tourism Services exempt from Gathering Limits and Safety Plans Under Section 12 of the Directions, many tourism services are exempt from the limits on gatherings. Neither the 20 person nor 4 … Continue reading “Updates on Restrictions for Tourism Businesses”